Latest on latest iPhone - coming to China

John Shinal · May 29, 2008 · Short URL:

 The iPhone will be coming to Macau and Hong Kong, reports VentureBeat, but negotiations on bringing the device to mainland China are proceeding in an uncomfortable way. 

Here's the top of the Venture Beat story:

Apple has been signing deals at a breakneck speed to get its iPhone in markets around the world, but the one country everyone knows it wants to enter has remained elusive: China.

A new deal signed with Hutchison Telecommunications International changes that — sort of. You see, the plan is to offer the device in Hong Kong and Macau, both of which are technically part of China but designated as special administrative regions. Note: Hutchison is a property of Hong Kong mogul Li Ka-Shing, who has been a leading investor on the mainland and who, separately, has reportedly put $120 million into Facebook.

So while entering the Hong Kong market is nothing to sneeze at, potential access to China’s 1.3 billion people will have to wait for another day. At least.

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